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India aviation show to be held March 12-16

India-Aviation-2014New Delhi, March 11 : The fourth international exhibition and conference on civil aviation, India Aviation-2014, will be held at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad from March 12-16.

More than 250 exhibitors including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Rolls Royce are participating in the event. The biggest aircraft in the world, Airbus A-380 and Dreamliner Boeing 787, will be special attractions at the air show.

The show will be open to the general public on March 15 and 16. The initial three days are reserved exclusively for the business community in which big deals are expected to be signed.


Airbus forms new subsidiary for India operation

AirbusNew Delhi, March 11 : Commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus Tuesday announced forming a new subsidiary - Airbus India - which will manage its activities in India.

"Building on the success of the Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI) in Bangalore, Airbus India will include strategy, customer services and procurement teams under one organisation," the company said in a statement.

"A maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) capability will be established, at a later date."

Airbus also appointed Srinivasan Dwarakanath as chief executive of the new subsidiary.


Must ensure freedom of media in country: P. Chidambaram

p-chidambaramNew Delhi, Mar 10 : Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday emphasised the need for freedom of media in the interest of the nation.

Addressing Kerala's Union of Working Journalists, Chidambaram said that the media serves a larger public and democratic interest.


Aamir Khan, Virat Kohli EC's 'national icons'?

Virat-Kohli-Aamir-KhanNew Delhi, March 10 : The Election Commission is likely to appoint Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and cricketer Virat Kohli as "national icons" who would encourage more and more people to vote in the general elections.

Aamir and Kohli are expected to join the league of four other "national icons" - cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, boxer M. C. Mary Kom, badminton ace Saina Nehwal and former president A. P. J Abdul Kalam.


Kevin Pietersen seeks 'urgent help' to get Indian visa

Kevin-PietersenNew Delhi, March 10 : Sacked England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has taken recourse to social media to urge India's external affairs ministry to expedite his visa for which he had handed over his passport to the Indian high commission in London 10 days ago.

"Trying to travel to India urgently & the Indian Embassy has had my passport for 10 days for a 24hr service. Help @MEAIndia, @IndianDiplomacy?" tweeted Pietersen to his more than 1.6 million followers, taking a dig at the Indian ministry of external affairs.


Tobacco primary cause of preventable deaths

SmokingNew Delhi, March 10 : Pegging the worldwide figure close to five to six million, health experts blame tobacco to be the number one cause of preventable deaths across the entire population, especially youth.

"Worldwide, tobacco consumption caused an estimated 100 million deaths in the last century and if current trends continue it will kill 1,000 million in the 21st century. Around half of all regular smokers will die from the habit, half of these in their middle age," Shashi Kant Baliyan, managing director, Clearmedi Healthcare Private Limited that works across the spectrum of the medical space, told IANS.


Serious concerns about terrorism in Pakistan: Foreign secretary

Sujatha-SinghNew Delhi, March 8 : India has serious concerns about terrorism in Pakistan and there were "harsh realities" in that country which need to be recognized, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said Saturday.

"We have to deal with Pakistan in the best manner possible given the fact that we cannot respond to terrorism with terrorism. We are seen as a force for moderation, reason, stability and good sense and that is a huge asset that we should never let go," Sujatha Singh said at an interaction with women journalists here on the occasion of International Women's Day.


'Khobragade incident led to misunderstanding with US'

Devyani-KhobragadeNew Delhi, March 8 : The Devyani Khobragade incident caused a certain "misunderstanding" in relations but India has "insulated" that issue from the rest of its relationship with America, India's Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said here Saturday.

"You are right that the incident relating to Indian diplomat in New York caused certain degree of misunderstanding for a certain period of time and we are discussing the issue of privileges and immunity quite separately," Sujatha Singh told women journalists at a special event here to mark the International Women's Day.


Not a single penny out of thousand crore Nirbhaya fund spent on women welfare: Modi

Not a single penny out of thousand crore Nirbhaya fund spent on women welfare: ModiNew Delhi, Mar 8 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said that not a single penny had been spent for the welfare of women out of the thousand crore Nirbhaya fund set up by the centre.


India can be a superpower only by empowering women: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiNew Delhi, March 8 : On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday India can never aspire to be a superpower without empowering its women.

"On the International Women's Day, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the women in our country and across the world, who have worked tirelessly to bring the fight for women's empowerment onto the global agenda," Gandhi said.

He said "much more needs to be done to ensure that women have their rightful place in society".


Will never join politics, says Aamir Khan

Aamir-KhanNew Delhi, March 7 : Set to launch the second season of his TV show "Satyamev Jayate", leading Bollywood actor Aamir Khan Friday said he is not interested in joining politics, and does not consider himself a social activist either.

"I don't belong to the field of politics, won't be able to do well in politics. Why does one enter politics, to contribute to the society... I can contribute to the society from where I am. This is why I would not join politics," said Aamir while interacting with women journalists at Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC).


Indian Navy: 11 accidents, 22 deaths in seven months

INS-SindhuratnaNew Delhi, March 7 : There have been 11 accidents invoving Indian Navy ships and submarines since last August. While most of the accidents did not claim any lives, 21 officers and sailors have died in three mishaps.

* INS Sindhurakshak (August 14, 2013) - Eighteen crew members on board - three officers and 15 sailors - were killed when blasts ripped through the torpedo compartment of the INS Sindhurakshak while the submarine was berthed in Mumbai harbour.

* INS Viraat (September 2013) - Fire broke out near the officer's mess of the aircraftcarrier off the Mumbai coast. No casualties were reported.


BJP will win a clear majority on its own strength: Rajnath Singh

BJP will win a clear majority on its own strength: Rajnath SinghNew Delhi, March 7 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Rajnath Singh said that the party was prepared for the upcoming elections and aims to win a clear majority on its own strength', as the world's largest democracy goes to polls after the Election Commission announced the dates, dubbed as the largest elections to be held in nine phases.

Political leaders from India's ruling Congress party and Janata Dal (United) forged alliance with the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday.


Aishwarya, Vidya most searched on Google

Aishwarya-VidyaNew Delhi, March 7 : Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai has topped the list of 20 most searched successful Indian women on Google followed by Vidya Balan and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, an official statement said.

Former Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi also features among the top ten, revealed a Google search trend result Friday.

The list was revealed after a two-month analysis between Jan-Feb 2014.

"On the occasion of Women's Day, Google search trends reveal who are the most searched 20 successful Indian women. Kiran Bedi is still among the top 10 most searched Indian women," a statement said.


I am still India's number one off-spinner: Harbhajan

Harbhajan-SinghNew Delhi, March 6 : After 15 years of international cricket, Harbhajan Singh is still enjoying playing in domestic cricket. The 33-year-old rates himself the best off-spinner in the country and says it is a matter of time before he is recalled to the national side.

You ask him about the motivation for toiling on the nondescript grounds, the veteran of 694 international wickets snaps back.

"What could be a bigger motivation than striving here to get back into the Indian team," Harbhajan, who is relishing captaining Punjab, told IANS on the sidelines of the North Zone Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Ferozeshah Kotla here.


No place for violence in democracy: Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, March 6 : Criticising clashes between AAP and BJP workers at the latter's office here Wednesday, Congress leader and Law Minister Kapil Sibal has said there is no place for violence in democracy.

Aam Aadmi Party members held a demonstration Wednesday outside the Bharatiya Janata Party's headquarters here after police briefly detained AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat Wednesday. The protest turned ugly and members of the two parties clashed outside the BJP office.

Speaking on the incident Thursday, Sibal, however, did not name either of the two parties as responsible.


Deepika new brand ambassador of Kellogg's Special K

Deepika-PadukoneNew Delhi, March 6 : Actress Deepika Padukone has been appointed the brand ambassador of cereal brand Kellogg's.

The 28-year-old, riding on four back-to-back hits like "Chennai Express", will present women with a Special K 2 Week Challenge as part of a healthy lifestyle to help them begin a weight management journey. The challenge aims to prepare women for a bold and contemporary look for weddings.


Indian tractor maker plans expansion in Africa, tap land bank

Indian tractor maker plans expansion in Africa, tap land bankNew Delhi, March 6 - Indian tractor manufacturer Sonalika International, which annually exports 6,000 units to Africa, is planning to add two more assembly plants to build on the three existing facilities in order to tap the potenial of the huge unutilised arable land bank of the 54-nation continent.


Non Performing Assets biggest challenge before PSU banks: Chidambaram

Non Performing Assets biggest challenge before PSU banks: ChidambaramNew Delhi, March 5 : Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that the biggest challenge before the public sector banks are the Non Performing Assets (NPA), and added that he has asked them to focus on NPA's recovery.


Delhi Metro launches exhibition depicting evolution of Indian cinema

Delhi Metro launches exhibition depicting evolution of Indian cinema The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in partnership with the Embassy of France has launched an exhibition of rare photographs depicting the evolution of Indian cinema.

The exhibition of rare photographs by famous photographer Pablo Bartholomew was inaugurated on Tuesday at Rajiv Chowk Metro station by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh and Ambassador of France to India Francois Richier.


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